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Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « on: May 26, 2011, 04:37 PM »
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'Let's get it done,' Andy Murray had declared in a presumptuous Tweet yesterday. But, while he won this French Open second round match against Simone Bolelli 7-6 6-4 7-5, the Scot frequently looked likely to come undone in a nasty wind that played trickily over the damp clay.

In a match as messy as an upturned plate of spaghetti Bolognese, Murray's main unravelling occurred during the first set.

With the Italian world number 126 powering Exocet forehands to the corners of the Philippe Chatrier court, Murray never looked comfortable in his base camp, pitched ten feet behind the baseline.

After struggling in his opening service games in front of around 23 spectators et un chien, the British number one capitulated at 1-2. Although he broke right back, the Italian followed suit in a set of half a dozen service breaks.

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At 6-5, the Scot carved out two set points, but the offensive-minded Italian continued to pound his forehand, fighting back to deuce before two crunching deliveries forced the tiebreak.

A decisive breaker, in which Murray finally realised that the lines he should be peppering were not of the service variety, was settled in the world number four's favour with a sweet down-the-line backhand.

The first set had been mentally fierce and physically dirty on the sticky terre battue, and a wayward service game at the start of the second from Bolelli indicated that his thoughts might be elsewhere, perhaps on his supermodel wife, Ximena Fleitas.

Whatever his distractions, Bolelli, who until this tournament hadn't won an ATP-level match since the lowly Croatia Open last July, continued to pound away on his forehand wing and broke handily back for 2-2, assisted by a brace of double faults from the Scot.

Murray, on an 11-match winning streak against Italians, struck back at 4-3 by reacquainting himself with the baseline, a distant friend that had barely been in the same arrondissement in the first set.

A Hogwarts-style sliced backhand lob plus some solid work around the baseline, now a close family friend, if not a soulmate, secured the Scot's serve at 5-4 and wrapped up a second-set success that was the very definition of winning ugly.

As the third set unfolded, the Italian refused to wilt and, at 4-3, broke the Scot in a game in which Murray won only one point from open rally play.

But Bolelli, suddenly the mental midget who had lost convincingly in the last 12 months in Challengers to such household names as Dieter Kindlmann and Laurynas Grigelis, failed to capitalise on his 5-3 advantage.

At 5-5 30-30, a trademark down-the-line backhand from the Scot secured a break point and he duly converted with some deep groundshots to the Bolelli backhand, before serving out the match.

This was a dirty, ugly win for Murray in breezy Paris, and he may want to reflect on the wisdom of such passive play with this year's faster ball at his disposal. Tactically, Murray has much to consider ahead of a third-round meeting with Michael Berrer or Arnaud Clement.
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 04:39 PM »
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Wind is screwing with everyone, so he did very well to get out of this in 3.
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 04:40 PM »
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Especially as Andy seems to have greatly struggled with windy conditions in the past.
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 04:43 PM »
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Very good Nigel!  clap I loved the headline..........missed the dog though!  Well done! w00t
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 04:53 PM »
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Impressive reporting, wish the match was as impressive but hopefully we can put it down to tough conditions today. pray Maybe it's good to get a match like that out of his system as Dolgopolov, Melzer, Troicki would have beaten Andy today I reckon, players of that calibre wouldn't have missed the opportunities that Bolelli did today..
Can't believe the draw Andy has here which definitely gives him a great chance of his best ever run at the French, though strangely I'm less confident about his chances of winning the FO than I was before today's match!
Here's hoping he is saving his best stuff for the bigger challenges ahead..
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 05:20 PM »
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Good report, Nigel. I really am impressed by your language skills, moving from Italian (spag bol) to French (un chien).

It is obvious that the windy conditions affected Andy, as the little I watched he looked extremely uncomfortable. He often seemed to be content to lob the ball over the net without any pace it his shot. Unless he gets a grip, the next round could be his last.

However, once again I have to add: "a win is a win". Prove me wrong, Andy. This is your best chance at RG fo a long time.

Incidentally, tomorrow's match between Del Potro and Djokovic could be interesting.   
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 05:37 PM »
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Ah....I get it now Nigel........one of the callers did sound a bit ruff!! w00t
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 05:38 PM »
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I would rather hear what Virginia and Greg said at the end of Andy's match, which I think was far fairer than anything I've read above. Andy played well in difficult conditions.
Rafa is being pushed in his match, this has also got something to do with the conditions on the court. The commentators said that lesser players pray for the sort of conditions today as it makes it level playing field. Whistle
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 05:41 PM »
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A horrible, windy day and it clearly effected Andy's serve and his touch going for the lines. Seems to be effecting Rafa too.
But a win is a win cmon yeah
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 06:15 PM »
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I would rather hear what Virginia and Greg said at the end of Andy's match, which I think was far fairer than anything I've read above. Andy played well in difficult conditions.
Rafa is being pushed in his match, this has also got something to do with the conditions on the court. The commentators said that lesser players pray for the sort of conditions today as it makes it level playing field. Whistle

Might not be an entirely accurate report. Had to write it on the hoof. After the match, I was available for 35 mins of the rest of the day.
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 06:18 PM »
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I thought it was pretty good Nigel......and you said Andy won dintya?
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 06:26 PM »
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The first set had been mentally fierce and physically dirty on the sticky terre battue, and a wayward service game at the start of the second from Bolelli indicated that his thoughts might be elsewhere, perhaps on his supermodel wife, Ximena Fleitas.
What? The supermodel wife that looks like a man with nice boobs?

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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #12 on: May 26, 2011, 06:40 PM »
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A very enjoyable match report Nigel from someone who hasn't seen the match - though hope they'll show at least some of it tonight.  But I did catch Greg R say later that he thought Andy did well today and showed good attitude.  Now GR doesn't praise Andy lightly so, like Michelle, I pay that some attention.
Rafa came v close to losing a set to a Spaniard I'd never even heard of.  Much as I support Rafa did think the other Spaniard deserved a set at the very least [and as you'll have spotted I can't even remember the other Spaniard's name].
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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 06:43 PM »
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What? The supermodel wife that looks like a man with nice boobs?


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Re: Murray makes a spag Bol of beating Italian « Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011, 06:51 PM »
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Doesn't sound like watching was much fun - so hope you're not too hoarse from shouting for me too Caz.
 From a glass half full perspective, sounds like it's the kind of match Andy would have lost a few months ago.  So it may have been ugly but the fact is he won and the comms seem to be saying that Bolelli played pretty well - his ranking doesn't reflect how he played today it sounds like.  So I'm hoping that having been pushed in this match Andy will be able to go up a gear.  And remember he's not dropped a set.   yay
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